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Police detain lawmaker Le Thanh Van

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Thai Binh Province police have detained Le Thanh Van, a 60-year-old National Assembly deputy, on allegations of abusing his position and authority to influence others for personal gains, said local news reports.

The investigative police of the northern province decided today, July 10, to file charges against Le Thanh Van and detain him. They also searched his residence in Chuong Duong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi and his workplace.

Van is under investigation for abusing his position and authority to influence others for personal gains under Article 358 of the Penal Code.

Earlier on the same day, the People’s Procuracy of Thai Binh Province approved the above decisions and orders.

This is a new development in a broader investigation of the case involving Luu Binh Nhuong, a former deputy of the National Assembly, and accomplices who were accused of asset extortion and abusing their positions and powers to influence others for personal gains, which occurred in Thai Binh.

The Thai Binh police are searching for evidence while expanding the investigation and recovering assets.

Earlier today, at the request of the chief prosecutor of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Standing Committee of the National Assembly issued Resolution No. 1090 approving the prosecution, detention and search of the residence and workplace of Le Thanh Van, a standing member of the Finance and Budget Committee of the current 15th National Assembly.

The NA Standing Committee suspended Van as a National Assembly deputy.

On November 14 last year, police in Thai Binh Province prosecuted and detained 60-year-old Luu Binh Nhuong on allegations of asset extortion.

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